Environmental issues in Denmark
Lead NCPDenmark
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by a Danish NGO regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise operating in Denmark.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, Environment
Date30 Apr 2014
Host country(ies)Denmark
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the initial assessment issued by the Danish NCP concluding the specific instance - 16 June 2014

In April 2014 the Danish NCP received a request for review from a Danish NGO alleging that a multinational enterprise had breached the environment, and employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines in Denmark by creating pollution and not adequately cleaning its traces, and by selling hazardous products abroad. Part of this request related to the historical activities of the company and some to its current activities. The request also included a preliminary report about the company's alleged breaches and a final report was sent to the NCP in June 2014.

The NCP undertook an initial assessment of the specific instance but concluded that it did not merit further consideration. This decision was based on the information available to the NCP. Regarding the historical pollution, the NCP's internal procedures state that the NCP can only consider complaints brought within five years after the disputed act or omission has ceased, (cf. the Act on Danish NCP, section 6.), and the NCP therefore could not consider the allegations regarding historical pollution which occurred outside this time limit. Regarding the additional allegations, the Danish NCP assessed that they were not supported by reasonable documentation. The NCP issued their initial assessment detailing the decision and concluded the specific instance.